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RVIA: August RV Shipments are Best on Record

September 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) August survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 45,031 units, an increase of 25.3% over the 35,946 units shipped last August.  August 2017 shipments are the best August on comparable record. RV wholesale shipments have climbed to 334,408 units through eight months of 2017, up 15.1% over the 290,582 units shipped during the same period last year. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 39,479... Read more

OEMs, Dealers: Packed Open House is ‘Best Ever’

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers relax at Open House (Photos by Shawn Spence)  Neither rainy weather nor sweltering heat could dampen the 10th Annual Elkhart RV Open House, the industry-only show in and around Elkhart, Ind., that featured dozens of manufacturers, thousands of dealers, millions of handshakes and billions of dollars in wholesale business. There’s no way, of course, to quantify in hard numbers much of what goes on at Open House – although some estimates suggest 2,500 products were on display,... Read more

Campers Inn Plans Store in ‘Greater Atlanta’ Area

September 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Multilocation dealership Campers Inn RV announced it is teaming up with RV industry leaders Martin Zonnenberg and Joel Cline to open a new dealership in Acworth, Ga., under the Campers Inn RV flag. According to a press release, the partnership will combine decades of knowledge as the team looks to tap into the growing RV market in the Greater Atlanta region. Zonnenberg and Cline will be leading the development of the new site. Zonnenberg previously owned three RV dealerships in the Atlanta... Read more

Hershey Show Closes With Record Attendance

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With a total gate attendance of 64,242 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 57,692 — the 49th Annual America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Campground Association (PRVCA), was yet another sign the industry is humming along on all cylinders. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Kirk Zutell). “The Hershey Show is usually an indicator for what’s in store for next year,” PRVCA... Read more

‘Fun Town’ Sees Surge in Post-Hurricane Sales

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee As the nation shifted its attention last week to Florida and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a heart-wrenching drama continued to play out in Texas as thousands of Lone Star State residents try to resolve real-life housing issues in several Gulf Coast communities that experienced catastrophic flooding in late August when Hurricane Harvey dumped 40 to 52 inches of rain on the Houston area. And, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) methodically draws up plans... Read more

Erwin Hymer Marks Opening of Ontario Facility

September 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) EHG AG CEO Martin Brandt, Provincial Sen. Victor Oh, Christian Hymer, Caroline Hymer, RVIA Chairman Bob Parish and EHGNA President and CEO Jim Hammill Nearly 600 Erwin Hymer Group North America (EHGNA) employees, along with top management and dignitaries, gathered Wednesday (Sept. 13) to mark the company’s opening of its newly refurbished 255,000-square-foot RV manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ontario. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home... Read more

Irma: Florida Dealerships Report Minor Damage

September 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While Hurricane Irma might not have been the Category 5 monster that some media outlets had predicted, it was still a powerful storm that ripped through Florida from the south to the north and on into Georgia and South Carolina. Still, while much of the state is without power and there have been several reported deaths, RV dealers told RVBUSINESS.com that they came through relatively unscathed.  Noting that Irma’s ever-changing path eventually went through the center of the state, Ron Fleming,... Read more

Irma: Florida RV Dealers are Preparing for Worst

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic is bumper to bumper as people evacuate Southern Florida While they’re “hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” RV dealers in Florida are bracing for the weekend landfall of Hurricane Irma, a storm that some are saying would likely be of historic proportions in terms of property damage across most of the Florida peninsula as well as portions of Georgia and the Carolinas. When the eye of storm reaches Florida sometime Sunday (Sept. 10) morning, the National Hurricane Center... Read more

SSI: Towable RV Sales Enjoy 11.2% Growth YTD

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable sales continued to roll in 2017, posting an 11.2% gain for the first seven months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).  Results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 12.5% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations were up 8.7% for the seven months. Folding camping trailer sales edged down 1.9% through July. Park model RV sales fell 9.3% for the seven months. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales... Read more

Florida Dealers, Park Owners Bracing For ‘Irma’

September 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With southeast Texas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, most of Florida is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm laying devastation to the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. As of this morning (Sept. 6), officials at the National Hurricane Center are predicting Irma will reach the southern tip of Florida sometime Sunday night as either a Category 3 or 4 hurricane and travel north through the center of the state. Either category can cause major damage, as sustained winds... Read more

Texas Dealers Coping with Aftermath of Harvey

September 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs were sent flying at Camper Clinic As businesses and homeowners continue to deal with Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, many of the Texas Gulf Coast’s RV dealers were still adjusting over the Labor Day weekend to life in the wake of the epic storm which made landfall on Aug. 25, and ultimately dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana over a period of six days. To gauge the status of some high-profile Texas dealerships, RVBUSINESS.com contacted a number... Read more

‘Caravan Salon’ Posts Attendance High Of 232K

September 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Caravan Salon organizers reported record attendance CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf 2017 drew to a close as the most visited event in its history, underscoring its position as the world’s biggest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans. According to a press release, the event, which ran Aug. 26 through Sept. 3, drew 232,000 visitors, up from last year’s 203,500. “CARAVAN SALON has far exceeded our expectations and we are excited to have reached another all-time high in visitor attendance... Read more

Scott Tuttle Returning to RV Arena With inTech

August 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Rich Schnippel, Adam Maxwell and Scott Tuttle Attracted by its business model, quality product and the promise of its RV division, Scott Tuttle, founder and former president of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC and one of the original founders of Heartland RV LLC, has become a part owner of Nappanee, Ind.-based inTech Trailers, an all-aluminum motorsports and industrial trailer manufacturer founded by Adam Maxwell and Tom Franko. Sitting in the inTech conference room with Maxwell and... Read more

RV Industry Could Again Aid Disaster Victims

August 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

FEMA trailers ready for transport to New Orleans As another extraordinary disaster plays out on the nation’s TV screens, the wheels are apparently already in motion for a new wave of RV-related emergency housing to help resolve the mounting needs of tens of thousands of Texas Gulf Coast residents who have fled their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. To what extent this latest drive for temporary housing develops, however, remains to be seen – some 12 years after the last wave in which... Read more

Hurricane-Force Winds Shake Texas RV Parks

August 28, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Devastation at Texas RV Park (Photo by Austin American Statesman) The historic hurricane that pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend and continues as Tropical Storm Harvey to threaten Houston and environs with epic floods has undoubtedly delivered a powerful blow to the region’s RV park and campground operators. As is often the case in natural disasters, however, the storm seems to have body-slammed some parks and tiptoed around others in an almost serendipitous manner. And because... Read more

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